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Youths move to shut down Mbano Hospital over non recognition of host Communities

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Palpable confusion and anxiety have been enveloping patients, management and staff of a multi-billion naira health institution known as Mbano Joint Hospital and College of Nursing Sciences, Mbano in Imo State as youth bodies threatened to shut down the hospital for neglecting of the host communities.

The youths from Mbeke,Umuezala-Ama, Umueze1 and the rest of the host communities are angry with the hospital management for alleged breached of mutual agreement reached between their communities and the institution in 1959. They therefore issued a 4 day ultimatum to the institution’s management to arrest their grievances or ready to experience total show down.

Meanwhile,the leaders of the host communities, Chief Elias Onwumere(Omereoha) of Umualuwaka Umueze1 in Ehime Mbano Council Area,Chief Emeka Ihezie (Umuezeala in Ehime Mbano),Sir Innocent Ogoke of Mbeke community in Isiala Mbano LGA,youth leader of Umualuwaku community, Udochukwu Duru as well as his counterpart in Umuezeala,Ama-Onyebuchi Aloka stormed the premises of the life-saving institution on Monday in droves accusing the present and past management of sheer insensitivity to the plight of the host communities and criminal violation of the 1959 mutual agreement between the School and its host communities.

However, but for the timely intervention of the traditional ruler of Ihim Autonomous community, Isiala Mbano LGA, HRH Eze Oliver Ohanwe,the embittered youths would have gone berserk as they incessantly shouted at and rebuffed the school management and staff who attempted to address them.

In a 12 point demand presented to the institution’s management, the anger-stricken youths insisted on open or free trade within and around the hospital, non-restriction of any type against students, patients and traders in or outside the premises, their inclusion and 3 traditional rulers in the board management, non creation of a new mortuary road, engagement of external security men instead of the land owners, formal land lease agreement between them and the hospital in addition to the reconstruction of the Board of Directors in which the 3 communities should be members.

Others are; settlement of unpaid arrears of yearly royalty as demanded by their fathers. 30% of every school admission year as their quota, first considerations in all appointments and award of contracts,50% discount for medical treatments given to their people as well as special recognition in special events taking place in the institution.

Addressing the youths, Eze Oliver Ohanwe who spoke in tandem with leaders of the youth bodies sued for peace, patience and understanding among them.

Eze Ohanwe hinted that the youths’ agitation has become trendy in developing society, but appealed to them to remain calm and law abiding to enable the institution’s management look into their grievances.

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Ronaldo to miss Juventus, Atalanta clash due to injury

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been ruled out of Sunday’s Serie A game against Champions League rivals Atalanta with a flexor muscle issue.

Coach Andrea Pirlo said the 36-year-old Portuguese striker, the top scorer in Serie A this season with 25 goals, would rest to avoid risking a more serious injury.

“We have an important absentee. Unfortunately, Cristiano will not be taking part in the match due to a problem with his flexor,” Pirlo told a pre-match press conference.

“Over these past few days, he has not been able to recover from the problem sustained after last Sunday’s match against Genoa.

“He hasn’t been able to push himself this week. It would be too risky for us to bring him to Bergamo tomorrow.

“We have decided to leave him in Turin to rest and we will try to have him back for Wednesday’s match against Parma.”

Champions Juventus are third, 12 points off leaders Inter Milan, with their nine-year reign looking set to end.

They play fourth-placed Atalanta who are just a point behind, with next week’s game at relegation-threatened Parma.

Pirlo blamed the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s problem on fatigue.

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“Cristiano has always been in excellent condition,” said the Juventus coach.

“Unfortunately, the three matches in the national team have led to an accumulation of fatigue which is a problem for everyone.

“Cristiano also told me that in the national team he should only have played two games, but then that goal not given against Serbia led him to play the third as well, otherwise he would have been back at Juve’s disposal before the third game.

“An accumulation of everything, travel and games, can lead to fatigue. (Manchester City manager Pep) Guardiola also said it, there have been too many matches and the squads are too tight and these are the consequences.

“We also saw it in the Champions League, with (Bayern Munich’s Robert) Lewandowski who was unable to play the Champions League quarter-finals League due to an injury picked up in the national team.”

Juventus can however count on Argentina striker Paulo Dybala who will start for the first time in over three months, after a long knee injury layoff, partnering Alvaro Morata upfront.

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has recovered from Covid-19 contracted while with the national team but will start on the bench.

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Adeboye, Fayemi meet in Ekiti

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The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Saturday morning, met with Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, at the Government House, Oke Ayoba, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.

Speaking after the meeting, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Yinka Oyebode, said the 79-year-old cleric paid a courtesy call on the governor.

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He added that Adeboye and Fayemi also discussed issues of nationhood.

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Yoruba self-determination rally begins in Ibadan

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The Yoruba self-determination rally organised by the Ilana Omo Oodua is underway in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Hundreds of members of the group whose leader is an 86-year-old Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, had initially scheduled the take-off of the rally for the ancient Mapo Hall but the heavy presence of armed policemen forced them to change the venue.

They are addressing people at Mapo Roundabout but they were not disturbed by the police in any way.

The agitators are armed with banners and Yoruba nation flags while leaders of the group addressing the people are saying Yoruba people are tired of staying with Nigeria.

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One of the leaders of the group, Basorun Kunle Adesokan, said Yoruba were no longer part of Nigeria and the people want to be an independent nation.

He condemned the insecurity in Yorubaland, saying the people could no longer stand the injustice in Nigeria.

Adesojan said, “We are no longer part of Nigeria. Yoruba people are determined to stand alone. We are starting the rally here in Ibadan because this is the capital of the Yoruba nation.

” Our brothers in Kwara, Lagos, Kogi, Edo, Delta and other states are here. We are not going to use violence, we want the Yoruba nation. No retreat no surrender. Let Hausa go their way, let Fulani go their own way and Igbo people should also go.

“The rally has taken off, we won’t stop until we achieve our aim.”

One of the leaders of Itsekiri youths present at the rally, Isaac Ajatitan, said Itsekiri people were part of Yoruba and would support them to achieve this aim.

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